Skee Mask

Good morning.

It’s Friday so we’re listening to something more upbeat. Today we’re playing music from Skee Mask, a German electronic music producer. Skee Mask creates scintillating synth lines, often on top of driving breakbeat drums. Pitchfork called his 2018 album, Compro, one of the best albums of the 2010s. Last week he released a new LP, Pool, exclusively on Bandcamp.

Compro - Skee Mask (60m, momentary vocals on track 10)
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Pool - Skee Mask (100m, couple vocal chops)
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Have a really good Friday and an absolutely fantastic weekend.

Zopelar

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Zopelar, a Brazilian dance music producer. It’s a little upbeat for a Thursday rec but you only live once. Zopelar is a fixture of the São Paolo electronic scene. His music features playful keyboard riffs, mellow samples, and vintage drum machines. The tracks work as motivating headphone music, something he celebrated on his 2020 record Joy of Missing Out. If that record was designed to enhance life at home, his recent release, Universo, ushers us back out.

Joy of Missing Out - Zopelar (50m, no vocals)
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Universo - Zopelar (50m, no vocals except at the very end)
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Have a solid Thursday.

Ralph Lundsten

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Ralph Lundsten, a Swedish electronic music composer. Born in 1936, Lundsten started making electronic music in the ‘50s on instruments he built himself. Throughout the second half of the 20th century he released singular synth albums that can be loosely compared to New Age. We’re playing the 2002 collection Dreamlight, which sounds cinematic and at the same time cheesy, in the best way. We discovered Lundsten on the amazing compilation (The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-86, which we’re also including.

Dreamlight - Ralph Lundsten (140m, occasional whistling and non-lyric vocal)
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(The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-86 (140m, very few vocals)
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Have a really nice Wednesday.

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